50 ‘Mildly Interesting’ Things Spotted In Nature That Are Actually Surprising (New Pics)

OK, I know “mildly interesting” doesn’t sound as exciting as “nature is f**king lit” or “nature is metal” but this subreddit also features lit and metal pictures of Mother Earth.

Since its creation in 2012, r/MildlyInteresting has become one of the biggest communities on Reddit. It has over 18.7 million members, with thousands browsing the sub at any given moment.

As Bored Panda showed in our previous article, nature is one of the most popular themes in this colorful corner of the Internet—whether it’s a random fact or a unique photo, the surprises keep on coming. Continue scrolling and check out the most recent ones.#1 

This Tree That Has Grown Across The Driveway And Sprouted More Trees Off The Top

This Tree That Has Grown Across The Driveway And Sprouted More Trees Off The Top

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Kira Okah2 days ago

Pretty and amazing.93ReplyView more comments

Spending some time in nature is really beneficial even if you come back without a cool photo to upload on r/MildlyInteresting. The fresh air, the sun on our skin; sometimes a short walk outside is all we need to feel refreshed and revived. But that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

The University of Michigan, for example, conducted a study that revealed students who regularly went for a nature walk actually had a better time retaining information.#2 

Truck Door Handle On A Frosty Morning

Truck Door Handle On A Frosty Morning

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Jimi Laoshi2 days ago

I can hear the GoT intro music just by looking at it109ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#3 

Flock Of Sparrows Portaying A Horse While Horses Gallop In The Background

Flock Of Sparrows Portaying A Horse While Horses Gallop In The Background

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BrokenFlame2 days ago

Those birds are obviously paid actors!171ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

In a world where we are surrounded by screens, taking the time to unplug and go outside can do wonders for reducing stress as well. Nature has a calming effect on our brains, even if we are going outside for just five minutes each day. Plus, outdoor exercise, like going for a walk, hiking, and so forth, gets the blood flowing and heart pumping, another way to lower stress levels.#4 

The Way This Bird Sits While Eating

The Way This Bird Sits While Eating

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Korrie Broos2 days ago

It is a woodpecker, the feet of a woodpecker is not made to sit or walk on, but to hold the bird in a vertical position against a tree trunk, So when on a flat surface it is very uncomfortable for the bird.322ReplyView More Replies…View more commentshttps://4e39c416786fff2275f82f852b164d2d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html#5 

The Way This Ice Has Formed Looks Like A Tiny Forest

The Way This Ice Has Formed Looks Like A Tiny Forest

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alwaysMispelled2 days ago

Fractals!!!!!! 😀78ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

Studies also show that getting between 15 to 20 minutes a day of sunshine will allow your body to produce vitamin D, which helps strengthen bones and reduce the risk of cancer, type 1 diabetes, and multiple sclerosis.

Furthermore, research has shown that going outdoors can help boost the immune system.#6 

My Cat Has A Genetic Mutation That Makes Her Eyes Weird, Her Sight Is Perfect

My Cat Has A Genetic Mutation That Makes Her Eyes Weird, Her Sight Is Perfect

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glowworm22 days ago

They look like glass marbles!158ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#7 

The Area I Used To Work In Washington Looks Like Jurassic Park

The Area I Used To Work In Washington Looks Like Jurassic Park

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ShyFox Studios2 days ago

This…is beautiful.120ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

Some of the health benefits of nature are due to people getting more active when they are outside.

But research shows that even sitting still in nature (as with Japanese “forest bathing”) can improve health. 

Patricia H Hasbach, PhD, a licensed psychotherapist and ecotherapist in Eugene, Oregon, said nature also provides a break from hours of mentally tiring “directed attention” — time spent focused on our work, our computer screen, driving.#8 

My Cat Has A Cookie Shape On His Belly

My Cat Has A Cookie Shape On His Belly

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Lily Lu2 days ago

Looks like the underside of another cat!99ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#9 

I Found A Mushroom That Looks Like A Little Owl

I Found A Mushroom That Looks Like A Little Owl

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troufaki132 days ago

Maybe the little owl did something wrong and the fairies turned him into a mushroom!216ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

“When people interrupt directed attention with even just brief times outdoors, they tend to allow for more involuntary attention,” Hasbach explained. “This becomes quite restorative for when people have to go back to directed attention.”

These benefits, however, only show up if you put down your smartphone and give nature your full attention, whether it’s a breathtaking view of the Grand Canyon or a tree near your apartment.#10 

I Saw A White Deer In The Woods The Other Day

I Saw A White Deer In The Woods The Other Day

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ShyFox Studios2 days ago

Pretty…65ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#11 

My Tuxedo Cat Wednesday Has White Lines Going Down Each Leg. From Underneath She Looks Skeletal

My Tuxedo Cat Wednesday Has White Lines Going Down Each Leg. From Underneath She Looks Skeletal

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AnimalsRuleHumansDrool2 days ago

Very cool looking cat89ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#12 

Stygian Owl Known For Red Reflection Of Their Eyes That Are Often Associated With The Devil

Stygian Owl Known For Red Reflection Of Their Eyes That Are Often Associated With The Devil

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Vic2 days ago

What a stunning bird! It’s beautiful!!132ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#13 

The Inside Of My Purple Cabbage

The Inside Of My Purple Cabbage

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A.J Milne2 days ago

Sell it on eBay, you will become rich71ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

A 225 Million Year Old Petrified Opal Tree Trunk Located In Arizona

A 225 Million Year Old Petrified Opal Tree Trunk Located In Arizona

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troufaki132 days ago

I want it!55ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#15 

Blue Sky Reflecting On Neighboring Building With Storm Behind It

Blue Sky Reflecting On Neighboring Building With Storm Behind It

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Bobert Robertson2 days ago

Well that’s a trip48ReplyView more comments#16 

Two Roses Are Growing Out Of The Dying Remains Of The Other Rose

Two Roses Are Growing Out Of The Dying Remains Of The Other Rose

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troufaki132 days ago

Rose-phoenix!109ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#17 

How They Replanted This Forest To Smile At You In The Fall

How They Replanted This Forest To Smile At You In The Fall

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troufaki132 days ago

Hello, forest!56ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#18 

Black And White Squirrel That Came Up To Me On My Walk

Black And White Squirrel That Came Up To Me On My Walk

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Vic2 days ago

He is from the olden days..106ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#19 

I Took A Photo From The Same Spot In All 4 Seasons

I Took A Photo From The Same Spot In All 4 Seasons

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Llewella2 days ago

And people still wonder why I love fall so much, look at all the colors.71ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#20 

I Found Some Icicles Looking Like Chess Pieces

I Found Some Icicles Looking Like Chess Pieces

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Commander Rex2 days ago

Check mate! *shatter*64ReplyView more comments#21 

I Have Partial Heterochromia In Both Eyes

I Have Partial Heterochromia In Both Eyes

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A.J Milne2 days ago

Doesn’t that affect eye sight?15ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#22 

A Tree Growing On The Branch Of Another Tree

A Tree Growing On The Branch Of Another Tree

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Kinga Złotkowska2 days ago

Showing its baby to the World.146ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#23 

This Cat’s Markings Make It Look Like It’s Nose Is Missing

This Cat's Markings Make It Look Like It's Nose Is Missing

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Marianne2 days ago

What a cutie!72ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#24 

The Way This Tree Stump Has A Cityscape On It

The Way This Tree Stump Has A Cityscape On It

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Bobert Robertson2 days ago

Woodland, Califorestia103ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#25 

This Cat Has Black Circles Around This Eyes

This Cat Has Black Circles Around This Eyes

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Vic2 days ago

Wow! Beautiful kitty..79ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#26 

This Snowflake Perfectly Suspended On A Spider’s Thread

This Snowflake Perfectly Suspended On A Spider’s Thread

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SongoftheStars2 days ago

That’s just the spider trying to add a little winter festivity to his home.161ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#27 

Jupiter And Saturn Alignment From Italy

Jupiter And Saturn Alignment From Italy

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Natalia2 days ago

Great picture!62ReplyView more comments#28 

My Cat Has A Cat In His Markings

My Cat Has A Cat In His Markings

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depressePANcake2 days ago

I see it!55ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#29 

The Way My Silhouette Appears Within This Circular Rainbow

The Way My Silhouette Appears Within This Circular Rainbow

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ADHORTATOR2 days ago

You are the chosen one 🙂147ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

Bone Cancer In A Snake Skeleton

Bone Cancer In A Snake Skeleton

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Kira Okah2 days ago

Poor snake227ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#31 

Found A Patch Of Moss Behind A Loading Dock That Looks Like A Tiny Tropical Island With A Palm Tree

Found A Patch Of Moss Behind A Loading Dock That Looks Like A Tiny Tropical Island With A Palm Tree

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Daphne2 days ago

Lovely green picture46ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#32 

This Rock That Looks Like A Sock

This Rock That Looks Like A Sock

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Vic2 days ago

Looks like a fossilized foot!103ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#33 

The Way This Pumpkin Has Rotted Is Just Creepy

The Way This Pumpkin Has Rotted Is Just Creepy

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Bobert Robertson2 days ago

Looks like a senior citizen jack-o-lantern139ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#34 

Watched A Crimson Rose Caterpillar Metamorphosize To A Butterfly

Watched A Crimson Rose Caterpillar Metamorphosize To A Butterfly

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AeroHail2 days ago

Wow! Such a stylish looking butterfly!86ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#35 

Splitting Firewood And Found A Piece Resembling The Sky In “The Starry Night”

Splitting Firewood And Found A Piece Resembling The Sky In "The Starry Night"

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Debi Blackshaw2 days ago

gorgeous35ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#36 

Tree Fell But Grew Back Up

Tree Fell But Grew Back Up

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DogMom2 days ago

There’s a lesson in there for all of us155ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#37 

This Eagle Struck Me A Pose On The Top Floor Of A Mall

This Eagle Struck Me A Pose On The Top Floor Of A Mall

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Vic2 days ago

First it struck a pose .. then it stuck me.. aarrghh help..38ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#38 

This Bridge To Nowhere. When The Tide Is Out, It Allows Beachgoers To Cross A Stream That Cuts Across The Beach

This Bridge To Nowhere. When The Tide Is Out, It Allows Beachgoers To Cross A Stream That Cuts Across The Beach

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Judy Steelman2 days ago

Hard to imagine a stream.56ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#39 

This Knot On Our Door Glows Red When The Sun Shines On The Other Side

This Knot On Our Door Glows Red When The Sun Shines On The Other Side

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Linus Nilsson2 days ago

The red knot is shining. Blood has been spillt this night115ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#40 

The Pattern Of The Ice On My Windscreen This Morning

The Pattern Of The Ice On My Windscreen This Morning

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Emma_Aitana yay2 days ago

Sharp29ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#41 

The Skin On My Apple Kinda Looks Like The Silhouette Of A Camel

The Skin On My Apple Kinda Looks Like The Silhouette Of A Camel

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Kinga Złotkowska2 days ago

It is!62ReplyView more comments#42 

I Went Hiking And Found A Rock/Log That Resembled A Giant Moss Puppy

I Went Hiking And Found A Rock/Log That Resembled A Giant Moss Puppy

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I’m a gay trans bitch2 days ago

AWWWWW55ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#43 

This Egg My Chicken Laid Looks Like A Kinder Surprise Egg

This Egg My Chicken Laid Looks Like A Kinder Surprise Egg

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Young Minami Kotaro2 days ago(edited)

Oh 31ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#44 

Our Kiwi Vine Produces Mostly Twins And Triplet Fruits, Enough To Showcase The Cell Division Process

Our Kiwi Vine Produces Mostly Twins And Triplet Fruits, Enough To Showcase The Cell Division Process

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Natalia2 days ago

All fruitful trees produce twins and triplet fruits. That’s why farmers select and leave on the tree only the good fruits and drop the others in an early stage, so they can have a good harvest.37ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#45 

This Jalapeño Looks Like A T-Rex

This Jalapeño Looks Like A T-Rex

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Vic2 days ago

A T-Mex! Again?65ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#46 

Was Cutting Down A Tree At A Golf Course And Found A Golf Ball Wedged In It

Was Cutting Down A Tree At A Golf Course And Found A Golf Ball Wedged In It

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varwenea2 days ago

The tree must have thought it was a jawbreaker and consumed it as a snack. 81ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#47 

I Found This Print From Where A Gray Wolf Slept In The Snow. You Can Even See Her Ribs!

I Found This Print From Where A Gray Wolf Slept In The Snow. You Can Even See Her Ribs!

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Commander Rex2 days ago

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I Found A 5 Leaf Clover!

I Found A 5 Leaf Clover!

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Stitches2 days ago

luck level times 100073ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#49 

This 5 Inch Moth We Found In Our House Yard Today

This 5 Inch Moth We Found In Our House Yard Today

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MagicalUnicorn2 days ago

nope nope nope176ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#50 

Forgot Spaghetti With Mushrooms In The Microwave For A Week. Now It’s A Floofly Ball Of Mold

Forgot Spaghetti With Mushrooms In The Microwave For A Week. Now It's A Floofly Ball Of Mold

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LesAnimaux2 days ago

You’re gonna have to catch it and name it first before you can throw it away!54ReplyView More Replies…View more comments

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